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Still Think Social Media is a Passing Fad?

Posted by Cathy Baldwin, CIC on Jan 20, 2015 8:30:00 AM

If your answer is “No”, then you are drinking the right Kool-Aid!

If you answer is “Yes”, then you may be missing out on business opportunities that your Kool-Aid drinking competitors are snatching up.

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Topics: Customer Service, social media, Marketing, sales

How Mental Toughness Determines Your Success

Posted by David Wilson, CIC on Jan 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Mental toughness and success go hand-in-hand. Sure, it seems like a simple concept, but are you practicing your ability to withstand the challenges life throws at you - mentally? Starting my career at J.M. Wilson in the mail room, and now as the President of the company, I can attest that mental strength is imperative if you want to be successful in this world. 

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Topics: Management / Leadership, success, influence

TRIA Expired - Now What?

Posted by Jeanne Callan, CPCU on Jan 6, 2015 9:30:00 AM

It's official - as of December 31, 2014 the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) is expired. So, what does this mean for insurance agents, their clients, and the insurance industry as a whole?

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Topics: Insurance Industry, Insurance Laws, Federal Government, Current Events

Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Sundburg on Dec 30, 2014 8:30:00 AM

It's hard to believe that this year is coming to an end and before we know it, 2015 will be here. As we look back on the past year, we'd like to share our top-viewed blog articles of 2014. Check out these posts to see which ones made the cut to be one of JMW's "Top Ten Most Popular Blog Posts".

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Valued Policy Laws 101

Posted by Kurtis Gautz on Dec 23, 2014 8:22:00 AM

Valued Policy Laws (VPL), or "Total Loss Statutes", require insurance companies to pay to the insured, in case of total loss, the full amount of insurance, regardless of the actual value of the property at the time of the loss. There are currently 20 states that enforce VPL, which makes it important to understand how they may (or may not) apply to your insureds.

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Topics: Property & Casualty, Property, dwelling

Is It Time To Check Your "Merry Meter"?

Posted by Elizabeth Sundburg on Dec 16, 2014 12:10:00 PM

As the days till Christmas draw nearer, many adults find themselves building up more stress than excitement for the holiday season. What was once sugarplums dancing in their heads, seems to have been replaced by a whirlwind of juggling schedules, shuffling from one holiday gathering to the next, and fear of not having all of their shopping done before the big day arrives. Does this sound like you? If so, we’ve got the perfect solution to help manage your holiday stress and get your “Merry Meter” pointed in the right direction.

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Topics: christmas, Holidays, stress management

What An Insurance Agent Needs To Know About Ridesharing

Posted by Christa Loudin on Dec 9, 2014 10:32:00 AM

Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Rideshare - We have been hearing these names a lot lately, but what are they? All of these companies are ridesharing services that are growing more and more every day. Many are available in cities across the US and around the world.

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Topics: ride-sharing, uber, ridesharing, lyft

It Is What It Is

Posted by Mary Ricks on Dec 2, 2014 1:49:01 PM

My 12 year old son’s football season was off to a great start.  They were 3-0.  Then we suffered our first loss, and it was a bad one.  As we drove home from the game that night, he was visibly upset.  I listened to him go on and on about how his team could have played better, the refs could have called a better game, the other team was holding, etc.  It continued as we walked into the house.  Finally, I put my hands on his shoulders, looked him in the eye and said “Son, it is what it is.” 

There it was the rolling of the eyes, the loud sigh.  He throws his hands up and says “Fine, Mom!”  As he turns to storm out, I pulled him back and said “No, listen to me.   I don’t mean that to be negative.  Let me explain.   We can’t change the fact that your team lost today, but can we look at this a little differently?  First, nobody is perfect; nobody wins all of the time.  Even the greatest of the great have made mistakes and lost games.  And, like football, life is not always easy.  There are going to be not-so-good times, and difficult situations you must endure.   The most important thing is how you are going to choose to handle them.”

So, I asked him the following questions:

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Topics: personal development, self-improvement, positive attitude, personal accountability

How A Complete Property & Casualty Submission Can Help You

Posted by Aubrie Hoopingarner on Nov 25, 2014 2:38:19 PM

As Underwriters at J.M. Wilson, we are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional customer experience and will do our best to quote all submissions, however there are a few ways that submitting a complete application can help YOU!

With this short video, I'll share a few simple steps that will help you get your quote even faster and respond to your insured sooner.

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Topics: Property & Casualty, property and casualty insurance, complete submission

Focus on Brokerage : How It Impacts Your Agency

Posted by James Reincke, AU, AIS on Nov 18, 2014 10:45:03 AM

Brokerage business has always been something that JM Wilson could do.  In my eight years with the company, I have heard our retail agents mention, “I didn’t know JM could do that.”  We can!  Now don’t get me wrong, we are not able to write every exposure for every risk out there - not yet anyway.  But, there are risks that we can consider and enjoy working on, but may not be thought of by our customers.  Well, its time we change that.

In this highly competitive and ever changing market place, we have decided its time to put more focus on those harder classes of business and those “hairier” than normal accounts. 

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Topics: Brokerage

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